Jordyn Thomson

The band at the Penticton Salvation Army 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign launch spread holiday cheer with their Christmas anthems and church hymns on Nov. 21. The local charity hopes to surpass last year’s fundraising amount with a goal of $140,000. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton Salvation Army aims to raise $140,000 through 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign

The campaign launches today in Summerland, Penticton, Oliver and Keremeos

The band at the Penticton Salvation Army 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign launch spread holiday cheer with their Christmas anthems and church hymns on Nov. 21. The local charity hopes to surpass last year’s fundraising amount with a goal of $140,000. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
The Penticton RCMP detachment is watching the Kelowna detachment’s investigation into its high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault cases. Both detachments reported nearly double the provincial average of ‘unfounded’ sexual assaults in 2018, prompting public pressure to account for the discrepancy. (File photo)

Penticton RCMP do not intend to review sexual assault stats

Eleven out of 29 sexual assault cases in Penticton were deemed unfounded in 2018

The Penticton RCMP detachment is watching the Kelowna detachment’s investigation into its high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault cases. Both detachments reported nearly double the provincial average of ‘unfounded’ sexual assaults in 2018, prompting public pressure to account for the discrepancy. (File photo)
The OneSky Community Resources on Penticton’s Ellis Street needs your help to make its clients’ holiday special. The tree at their centre has special star decorations with Christmas wishlist items that residents can purchase for the centre’s clients. (Photo from Facebook)

Make someone’s holiday a merry one with Penticton’s OneSky Community Resources

The centre has a special Christmas tree with gift requests from its clients

The OneSky Community Resources on Penticton’s Ellis Street needs your help to make its clients’ holiday special. The tree at their centre has special star decorations with Christmas wishlist items that residents can purchase for the centre’s clients. (Photo from Facebook)
Haylee Breier Dyck, Hailey Harbinson, Christina Cebriy and Sydney Hutchison gather for a hug with the Penticton Vees mascot Harvee. Harvee and some of the Vees players will be a the COBS Bread parking lot party on Nov. 24 to fundraise for the upcoming Anti-Bullying Game Night on Nov. 30. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton’s COBS Bread to host parking lot party with Penticton Vees Nov. 24

The event is to fundraise for the Nov. 30 Anti-Bullying Game Night

Haylee Breier Dyck, Hailey Harbinson, Christina Cebriy and Sydney Hutchison gather for a hug with the Penticton Vees mascot Harvee. Harvee and some of the Vees players will be a the COBS Bread parking lot party on Nov. 24 to fundraise for the upcoming Anti-Bullying Game Night on Nov. 30. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton residents are invited to the Downtown Penticton Association’s annual Tree Light Up Festival on Nov. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take in the all-ages activities and enjoy some late night shopping on Penticton’s Main Street from Block 200 to 300. (Photo from Unsplash)

Start off your holiday season with Penticton’s DPA at the 2019 Tree Light Up Festival

The event takes place on the city’s Main Street from block 200 to 400 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Penticton residents are invited to the Downtown Penticton Association’s annual Tree Light Up Festival on Nov. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take in the all-ages activities and enjoy some late night shopping on Penticton’s Main Street from Block 200 to 300. (Photo from Unsplash)
City of Penticton has been ranked 19th most dangerous Canadian city by Maclean’s magazine according to its Crime Severity Index (CSI). The CSI is compiled by Statistics Canada using reported crime data. (Photo from Facebook)

Penticton makes Maclean’s list of most dangerous Canadian cities again

City of Penticton was ranked 16th in 2018, and now ranks 19th in 2019

City of Penticton has been ranked 19th most dangerous Canadian city by Maclean’s magazine according to its Crime Severity Index (CSI). The CSI is compiled by Statistics Canada using reported crime data. (Photo from Facebook)
The single detached dwelling and detached shed on the property of 377 Winnipeg St. have been long dilapidated, and Penticton city council have officially declared it a nuisance property. Now the non-compliant owner will have until the end of this year to pay their outstanding fines with the city and obtain a building permit to demolish the structures, or the city will pursue injunctive actions through the B.C. Supreme Court. (Photo from Google Maps Street View, 2016)

Penticton council fed up with non-compliant property owner

“I’m deeply offended, as I think all of Penticton is, and especially the neighbours.”

The single detached dwelling and detached shed on the property of 377 Winnipeg St. have been long dilapidated, and Penticton city council have officially declared it a nuisance property. Now the non-compliant owner will have until the end of this year to pay their outstanding fines with the city and obtain a building permit to demolish the structures, or the city will pursue injunctive actions through the B.C. Supreme Court. (Photo from Google Maps Street View, 2016)
Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall on Sept. 29 to participate in the global climate strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. City council will hear the case for declaring a climate emergency once the newly-formed Sustainability Committee begins meeting in the new year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton council to hear case for declaring a climate emergency in the new year

The newly formed Sustainability Committee has been directed to look at the idea

Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall on Sept. 29 to participate in the global climate strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. City council will hear the case for declaring a climate emergency once the newly-formed Sustainability Committee begins meeting in the new year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Co-accused in Penticton home invasion, standoff granted bail again

Co-accused in Penticton home invasion, standoff granted bail again

Jesse Mason was granted bail this morning, co-accused Josef Pavlik’s bail was denied

Co-accused in Penticton home invasion, standoff granted bail again
The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) has launched its annual Share the Spirit of Giving campaign to ensure its clients have a happy holiday season. (Photo from Unsplash)

Give back this holiday season with SOWINS Share the Spirit campaign

Help women and children fleeing or living with abuse have a happy holiday

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) has launched its annual Share the Spirit of Giving campaign to ensure its clients have a happy holiday season. (Photo from Unsplash)
The Penticton RCMP is expected to provide an “educated explanation” about the high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault reports the detachment reported in 2018. (File Photo)

Penticton RCMP reviewing sexual assault claims

Thirty-eight per cent of the sexual assault reports in 2018 were deemed “unfounded” by RCMP

The Penticton RCMP is expected to provide an “educated explanation” about the high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault reports the detachment reported in 2018. (File Photo)
Kelly Lerbekmo (left) and her friend Amber Getchell enjoy a brisk walk along Okanagan Lake on a sunny November day. Lerbekmo received word in October that the cancer she thought she had beaten with the removal of most of her left lung had spread to her liver, giving her only two to three years to live. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Young Penticton mom hoping to beat terminal cancer prognosis

Kelly Lerbekmo is not ready to leave her son without a mother

Kelly Lerbekmo (left) and her friend Amber Getchell enjoy a brisk walk along Okanagan Lake on a sunny November day. Lerbekmo received word in October that the cancer she thought she had beaten with the removal of most of her left lung had spread to her liver, giving her only two to three years to live. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Over $500,000 in grant funding is coming to Penticton’s arts, cultural and athletic programs thanks to this year’s B.C. Community Gaming Grants. (Photo from Unsplash)

Penticton arts, culture and sports programs get boost of over $500,000 thanks to provincial grant

The B.C. Community Gaming Grants program will be distributing $505,900 to 18 local groups

Over $500,000 in grant funding is coming to Penticton’s arts, cultural and athletic programs thanks to this year’s B.C. Community Gaming Grants. (Photo from Unsplash)
CUPE Local 523 has reached bargaining agreements with SD53, SD67 and SD83. The union represents members employed as teaching assistants, grounds workers, bus drivers, support worker and more. (Photo from Unsplash)

Okanagan school districts reach agreement with CUPE Local 523

The union represents members who provide a variety of services to support students

CUPE Local 523 has reached bargaining agreements with SD53, SD67 and SD83. The union represents members employed as teaching assistants, grounds workers, bus drivers, support worker and more. (Photo from Unsplash)
The City of Penticton is watching the City of Parksville on Vancouver Island very closely, as it attempts to implement a needle distribution bylaw in its city. Penticton is considering a similar bylaw, but city officials said this is just one option city council can consider, and it may not be the best one. (File Photo)

City of Penticton considers new bylaw to restrict needle distribution

Approximately 440 people in Penticton use intravenous drugs and 167,000 needles were ordered in 2018

The City of Penticton is watching the City of Parksville on Vancouver Island very closely, as it attempts to implement a needle distribution bylaw in its city. Penticton is considering a similar bylaw, but city officials said this is just one option city council can consider, and it may not be the best one. (File Photo)
Penticton resident Laurie Myres is grateful she knows so much about how her parents met during wartime and how her mother came to be one of Canada’s ‘war brides.’ She said her parents were married in England just one week after VE-Day. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Daughter of a war bride: Penticton woman recalls how her parents found love during Second World War

Roughly 48,000 war brides moved to Canada following the end of WWII

Penticton resident Laurie Myres is grateful she knows so much about how her parents met during wartime and how her mother came to be one of Canada’s ‘war brides.’ She said her parents were married in England just one week after VE-Day. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
FutureBiz Penticton 2019 is fast approaching, and the city has just announced the tech leader and invited speakers who will be educating this year’s attendees. (Photo from Unsplash)

FutureBiz Penticton announces tech leader and invited speakers for 2019 forum

The keynote speaker will be Abigail Cabunoc Mayes of the Mozilla Foundation

FutureBiz Penticton 2019 is fast approaching, and the city has just announced the tech leader and invited speakers who will be educating this year’s attendees. (Photo from Unsplash)
Catch Don Wade’s Sax Among Friends at the Naramata Community Church on Nov. 10 for Music that Got us Through WWII. The admission by donation event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Photo from Unsplash)

Join Naramata Community Church for Music that Got us Through WII

The admission by donation event will have music by Don Wade’s Sax Among Friends

Catch Don Wade’s Sax Among Friends at the Naramata Community Church on Nov. 10 for Music that Got us Through WWII. The admission by donation event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Photo from Unsplash)
A Kelowna youth group is offering a free concert at the Penticton Adventist Church on Nov. 9, featuring classic hymns, popular tunes and even a special surprise. (Stock photo)

Kelowna youth group to perform at Penticton Adventist Church

The youth are putting on a free concert from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 9

A Kelowna youth group is offering a free concert at the Penticton Adventist Church on Nov. 9, featuring classic hymns, popular tunes and even a special surprise. (Stock photo)
A British man was given a three-year prison sentence in the Penticton court on Oct. 4 for sexually assaulting a person under the age of 16 in 2018. The man will be deported to England following the completion of his sentence. (File Photo)

British man handed three-year jail sentence for sexual assault of Penticton teen

The man will be deported back to England following the completion of his sentence

A British man was given a three-year prison sentence in the Penticton court on Oct. 4 for sexually assaulting a person under the age of 16 in 2018. The man will be deported to England following the completion of his sentence. (File Photo)